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Hospice’s future secured thanks to weekly’s campaign

A hospice’s future has been secured thanks to a campaign run by a weekly newspaper.

HTFP reported in June how the East Kilbride News was calling on readers to help ‘Save Our Hospice’ after revealing the financial difficulties faced by Kilbryde Hospice.

The centre’s future was put in doubt after it revealed losses of up to £90,000 per month since the start of the coronavirus lockdown, but it has now been revealed a £50,000 fundraising boost has saved the hospice.

The News splashed on the announcement yesterday, pictured below.

EKN hospice

Senior reporter Nicola Findlay told HTFP: “Kilbryde Hospice is a highly thought of and a vital resource for East Kilbride and South Lanarkshire.

“The response from the local and wider community to our campaign to safeguard it was tremendous people really went above and beyond.

“We are delighted Kilbryde Hospice will continue to provide care for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

“The success highlights the value of local newspapers, not only in bringing to the fore important issues in the community, but also in securing a positive outcome.”